For many Cairenes the City of the Dead is a mysterious, foreboding area. Many Cairenes are aware of its existence but few understand this group of vast cemeteries that stretches out along the base of the Moqattam Hills. Among these cemeteries lives a community of Egypt¹s urban poor, forming an illegal but tolerated, separate society. More than five million Egyptians live in these cemeteries. In recent times, because of Egypt¹s lack of affordable housing for a rapidly growing population, many poor Egyptians have made these rooms their permanent homes. They use the grave stones as desks and shelves. Strings hang between gravestones for their laundry to dry out and the community buzzes with activity.